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Trebon, Stover claim Saturn Classic ‘cross

After weeks of racing in unseasonably mild conditions, riders were finally greeted by cold, windy cyclo-cross weather as they arrived in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, for the Saturn Classic, the first day of a double-header weekend in the Vergegear.com Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series. The elite races started with a long road prologue that enabled Marianne Stover (Gearworks-Spin Arts) to establish a small gap by the time the women hit the pits for the first time. Sarah Uhl (Saturn) sat in second, a small gap between her and the rest of the field. While Stover and Uhl worried about

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By Tammy Ebersole

After weeks of racing in unseasonably mild conditions, riders were finally greeted by cold, windy cyclo-cross weather as they arrived in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, for the Saturn Classic, the first day of a double-header weekend in the Vergegear.com Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series.

The elite races started with a long road prologue that enabled Marianne Stover (Gearworks-Spin Arts) to establish a small gap by the time the women hit the pits for the first time. Sarah Uhl (Saturn) sat in second, a small gap between her and the rest of the field.

While Stover and Uhl worried about each other, Anna Milkowski (Gearworks-Spin Arts), Megan Elliott (Saturn), Betsy Schauer (Fort-GPOA) and Amber Itle (Wissahickon) were fighting for third place. Itle, who had moved up through traffic to get the group, was not able to maintain Milkowski’s pace and Milkowski pulled away to firmly establish herself in third.

Up front, Uhl had caught Stover, but late in the race, Stover attacked hard and dropped her. Stover was able to stay out front and crossed the line first for the win. Uhl took second at four seconds behind, just ahead of a hard-charging Milkowski.

In the elite men’s race, Ryan Trebon (Easton-Kona) set a brutal pace from the gun and had the early lead coming off the road. In a familiar scene repeated week after week this season, the only rider capable of staying on his wheel was Mongoose-Hyundai rider Todd Wells. In their wake, riders were strung out with Jeff Weinert (Tailwind-Cane Creek) sitting in third, Frank Mapel (Durango-Coca-Cola) riding strong in fourth and Ben Turner (7Up-Maxxis) in fifth.

Lap after lap, Trebon and Wells came across the line together, extending their lead to two minutes. On the bell lap, they were still inseparable. As they disappeared from view, spectators began running towards the finish line. From the line, the backstretch of the course was visible, and as Trebon and Wells reappeared, they were side by side. Both riders then dropped down the final descent, which once again hid them from view.

Knowing it was coming down to a sprint, all eyes waited to see whose helmet appeared first as they crested the hill on the uphill finish. Trebon’s helmet came into view slightly ahead of Wells’, and Trebon held that advantage in the sprint to the line. Wells picked up second with Weinert, third.

On Sunday, the series moves to the Marysville, Pennsylvania, for The Harrisburg City Islanders’ Rockville Bridge ‘Cross Classic .For more information, see www.monkeyhillcs.com-mac.

Results in the Saturn Classic, round six of the Vergegear.com Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series, on November 8:

Elite men
1. Ryan Trebon (Easton-Kona)
2. Todd Wells (Mongoose-Hyundai)
3. Jeff Weinert (Tailwind-Cane Creek)
4. Frank Mapel (Durango-Coca Cola)
5. Ben Turner (7UP-Maxxis)
6. Michael Yozell (Wissahickon)
7. Charles Storm (Fuji SE)
8. Jonathan Card (Tailwind-Cane Creek)
9. Sean Groome (Squadra Coppi)
10.Gunnar Shogren (Fort-GPOA)

Elite women
1. Marianne Stover (Gearworks-Spin Arts)
2. Sarah Uhl (Saturn)
3. Anna Milkowski (Gearworks-Spin Arts)
4. Amber Itle (Wissahickon)
5. Megan Elliott (Saturn)
6. Betsy Schauer (Fort-GPOA)
7. Sami Fournier (Velo Bella)
8. Maryann Martinez (CCB-Volkswagen)
9. Erica Miller (Wissahickon)
10.Pauline Frascone (Arc en Ceil)